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Frequently Asked Questions

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Once I go to a chiropractor, do I have to go for the rest of my life?

No. You don’t have to do anything. If chiropractic adjustments make you feel better, you’re probably going to want one with whatever regularly keeps you well. However, I will not “sell” you on a life long plan. Your body will tell you when it needs attention. I am here when you need me.

Think of it like dentistry. Which makes more sense to you? Go get a cleaning or wait for the root canal? It’s pretty simple really. That being said, it is my opinion that if anyone ever suggests that you need to see them all the time for anything but the most serious issues you should run screaming. This is nonsense.

Can chiropractic cure everything?

No. The research indicates that chiropractic primarily affects the mechanics of the spine as well as the firing of the position and motion receptors in the joints. The health of this system does have a significant effect on neurological feedback to the brain and can have dramatic effects on the functioning of the central nervous system (which does control everything). If you think of the body as a machine, it makes sense that a well-working machine works more efficiently and longer. If your body works well, you have a better chance of being healthy. There are, of course, genetics, chemical insults and other things that can determine your overall health.

Do you treat children?

Yes, occasionally. I have treated newborns and children, but it’s not a huge part of my practice.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, I participates with most insurance companies other than Medicaid. [non par Medicare provider]

Do you work with medical doctors?

Please see my Professional References.

Yes. Frequently. I firmly believe that it is imperative that specialty as well as general practitioner providers are available for consultation. In fact, I have helped in the training of medical doctors by being a teaching participant in a family practice residency while I was in Boston. I have lectured to groups of surgeons about chiropractic and worked closely with hospital rehabilitation department as well as university health clinics over the years. I hold my medical colleagues in the utmost esteem and have always cultivated strong relationships with them.

Will I get adjusted on my first visit?

Most likely you will. If, during your exam, something indicates otherwise, we’ll let you know and refer you elsewhere.

Will you suggest exercises or stretches that I can do from home?

Absolutely. At every visit I’ll suggest exercises and be sure you know how to do them properly.

Can someone who has a back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes, most back surgery patients are good candidates for chiropractic care given some restrictions. If for some reason you are not, you will be told this immediately. It is likely a good idea to at least get a consultation BEFORE your surgery to see if there is anything that can be done to help you avoid the procedure, but even after fusions or some of the more extreme procedures, proper function of the surrounding structures can be a real game changer. I have personally treated many many patients over the years who were post surgery. Many of whom were referred to me directly by their surgeons.

Please feel free to call Dr. Peter McManus if you have additional questions regarding chiropractic care. Phone: (312) 244-0413